William S. Mackenzie"Sandy"7/27/1943 ~ 12/15/2011William Strange Mackenzie, known to friends and family as Sandy, died peacefully on Thursday, December 15 in the loving arms of his wife and daughter. Sandy was born on July 27, 1943, in Washington D.C. After WWII, his family returned to their home in San Francisco, where Sandy grew up. He attended Town School for Boys in San Francisco, Middlesex Prep School in Concord, MA, Stanford University, and Harvard Business School. Starting as a young boy, Sandy had a twinkle in his eye and loved adventure and innocent mischief. People were drawn in by Sandy's quick wit, out-going, easy personality, incisive intelligence, and vibrant curiosity. He was famous for his infectious laugh, his rich bass voice and his wonderful smile. He made life-long friends wherever he went beginning with his early school years. Sandy followed a career in Real Estate, but his real passions were: all things French, learning and reading great books. In 2000, Sandy and his wife Janet moved from San Francisco to Salt Lake City to care for Janet's father, David Ellison. During this time, Sandy and David became fast friends. They loved to share stories about their lives and experiences, laughing uproariously through it all. After Mr. Ellison's death, Sandy began taking courses at the University of Utah in art history and ancient history. Upon learning in early 2011 that he had terminal melanoma, Sandy remarked, "I'm so glad I had the chance to study ancient history with Dr. Adams." His only regret was that he would not be able to reach his goal of reading all 3 million books at the Marriott Library. He is survived by his wife, Janet Ellison, his daughter, Dr. Katherine Mackenzie and her husband Rakmun Bryant-Vick of San Francisco, his two brothers, Roger and Mac and their wives, his first wife, Virginia von Hasseln of Carmel, CA, and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Elizabeth Boyd Mackenzie.A memorial service will be held in January, 2012. Contact family members for specific arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made for melanoma research to the Huntsman Cancer Foundation, 500 Huntsman Way, Salt Lake City 84108.